Questions & Answers

Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. If you have any questions, please call or email us at the Development Office or KTH Opportunities Fund.

Why does KTH need more external private funding?

KTH’s education and research programmes are funded partly by higher education grants and partly through external financing from public and the private sector. With a higher portion of independent financing from private individuals, companies and foundations KTH can sharpen its focus on long-term, flexible research with the aim of coming up with bold and future-oriented answers to difficult questions.

External private funding is a complement to our regular grants and while allowing our researchers greater flexibility it also allows for a longer research horizon in our projects.

External private financing provides:

  • Greater freedom when selecting a strategy of important fields of research
  • The possibility of a more long-term perspective and establishing long-term relationships
  • A more progressive approach to research
  • The possibility of establishing larger interdisciplinary initiatives that would otherwise be difficult to attract financing for
  • Greater flexibility
  • Intensified research in specific fields that can lead to faster results

Does research carried out in Sweden need more money than what it receives through government grants?

Government grants in Sweden account for approximately half of KTH’s current annual revenue. One quarter comes from grants that we compete for from research institutes and the EU. The remaining funds derive from partnerships with companies and organisations, as well as from private foundations and other financers. State funding often comes with conditions attached, one being other funding, or in a partnership that limits the amount of freedom we have in a research project. For KTH to remain a leading international university we need to be able to carry out research in bold initiatives with a longer time span. This is not possible without additional financing.

What does the KTH advisory committee for fundraising do?

The KTH advisory committee for fundraising provides us with an external advisory group that contributes towards building relationships with potential financers.

The group consists of people from backgrounds in the public and private sectors and each has a strong network of contacts and can act as ambassadors for KTH.

What is the impact of large donations and private donations on the impartiality of the university?

Academic integrity and freedom are at the core of all higher education institutions, regardless of the source of funds. External private funding does not and never will replace the funding that the university receives from the public purse, but it is a very much needed supplement to our regular funding.

KTH has a policy that ensures that we follow ethical guidelines.

KTH_donation_guidelines_swedish.pdf (pdf 59 kB)

Why should I give to KTH?

As the largest technical university in the Nordic region and being strategically located in close proximity to many companies, as well as Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University, KTH plays a major role not just for the Stockholm region, but for all Swedish companies that need engineers.

KTH has the ambition and the capacity to carry out pioneering and bold research that can provide answers to some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Where does the money go?

The foundation for achieving new breakthroughs is brilliant researchers, professors and Ph.D. students and this is where much of the funding is allocated. Resources are also required to build new laboratories, research centres and the purchasing of equipment. Some of the money is also allocated to grants for talented students who can enrol at KTH and take a master’s degree.

As a sponsor you choose where you would like your donation to go. No matter which field or area you donate to at KTH, we will put it to the best possible use.

Will my small donation make a difference?

Yes, every donation, no matter how small or how large, makes a difference. It may be your support that leads to groundbreaking research results, or an outstanding corporate leader, or perhaps a better and more rewarding study experience.

If you are donating a smaller sum, KTH Opportunities Fund is the perfect home for it. You can also choose to support one of three focus areas; Enriching the Student Experience, Investing in Research Talent and Increasing Global Exchange. KTH will allocate your funds to the area where it is needed most if you choose not to select one.

All contributions to KTH Opportunites Fund goes directly to the students in the full amount.

All donors are sent regular updates from KTH Opportunities Fund on how their donation is being used.

For more information please contact Emma Jones on +46 (8) 790 87 74 or email:

I would like to support a specific field of research, or a project that is close to my heart. How do I do this?

Please contact our Development Office and we can discuss your wishes.

Philip von Segebaden, Director. Please call +46 (8) 790 64 45, or email .

Jenny Löhr, Senior Development Officer. Please call +46 70-53 91 600, or email

Does KTH have guidelines and a policy covering donations?

KTH does have policies covering donations and other forms of external private funding as well as for sponsorship and the management of foundation funds and funds donated.

KTH_donation_guidelines_swedish.pdf (pdf 59 kB)

How do I give?

The easiest way is to donate online to KTH Opportunities Fund. We use the payment solutions Dibs, one of the leading secure card payment systems.

You can transfer your donation to Plusgiro 709928-6 and state “KTH Opportunities Fund” on the payment, along with your name and email address. Please also the state the focus area you would like to support.

You can also make a memorial or celebratory gift, or donate tax-free share dividends and donate from a will or, form a foundation.

If you live in the US you can donate in a tax efficient way through American Friends of KTH.

Read more about American Friends of KTH

Is paying online secure?

Yes, we use the Dibs payment solution, one of the leading secure card payment systems.

You can also pay on our web site using VISA, MasterCard and Diners Club cards. Do remember that your card information is not available to us. You can also transfer your donation to Plusgiro 709928-6 and state “KTH Opportunities Fund” on the payment, along with your name and email address. Please also state the focus area you would like to support.

How do I know that my gift is being put to good use?

The KTH vision is to build a brighter tomorrow. Behind these fine words lies the reality that KTH’s ground breaking research in, for example, medical diagnostics, renewable energy and virtual industrial production is critical to the time we live in, for future generations, as well as for Sweden’s well-being and competiveness.

KTH has a long tradition of interacting and partnering with the public and private sectors. For almost 200 years this fruitful collaboration has contributed to the growth and development of modern Sweden. Technical solutions are vital to the growth of humankind and society.

KTH has a clear and structured reporting system that provides you with concise information that can be tailored to your needs.

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